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    Pretty Lights On World Cafe The popular EDM DJ visits World Cafe to talk with host David Dye about the intricate process of creating his new album, A Color Map of the Sun. Pretty Lights also performs songs from the record with a live band.
Now Derek Vincent Smith Plays Pretty Lights Music With A Live Band

December 20, 2013 - Pretty Lights is the stage name of Derek Vincent Smith who describes his sample based music as “electro hip-hop soul.” He has built up a large live following for his music that, up until now, he has given away on the internet.
In the past he relied on matching up samples from obscure R&B records particularly out of Detroit and Chicago in the late 60’s to get the sound he heard in his head. For his new album A Color Map Of The Sun he had an epiphany and decided to make his own new records live incorporating the older sounds that he loved. As you will hear today he went beyond that and actually made vinyl copies of his new music to sample using those samples to create the compositions. We’ll hear about the intricacies of this elaborate process and hear the music played live.

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Recent Release: Color Map of the Sun
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Label: 8 Minutes 20 Seconds Records
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